|Donovan Nelson, Pugilist (Detail), 2014, Acrylic on Paper, 12 x 18 inches. Image courtesy of Welancora Gallery.|
February 7 - March 27, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 6-9 PM
Artist talk: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6-8 PM
410 Jefferson Avenue
Welancora Gallery is pleased to present Intersections, an exhibition of recent work by Donovan Nelson. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Born out of transformative events in his life, Nelson is embarking on a streaming, more fluid visual exploration in this new series. Nelson’s goal, through this journey, is to develop and engage in a more emotionally charged and psychologically informed dialogue with the viewer. By employing a vibrant palette and rich impasto, Nelson invites the viewer to feel each brush stroke and question its purpose.
The artist states: “Where my previous works were informed by external experiences, these works are drawn from the subconscious and have changed my relationship with the materials that I use and the subject matter I choose to deal with.”
Donovan Nelson was born in Manchester, Jamaica. He moved to the United States in 1982 and where he received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (1995). In addition, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson is M.F.A. graduate from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas.